1st test: India had to play defensively due to flat wicket, says Nadeem | Cricket News

CHENNAI: The flat wicket at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday made it difficult for Indian bowlers to go to the wickets and instead they were forced to play defensively and wait for the batsmen to make mistakes, the spinner said Indian Shahbaz Nadeem. .
Nadeem took the wickets from Joe Root and Ben Stokes, but not before the two shared a 124-point partnership – of which Ben Stokes made 82, to push England forward. Visitors finished on 555 for eight wickets by the end of day two.
“Playing in the right areas was the plan (on this court). If you go for wickets then you tend to give points. The plan was to play in the right areas and if the batsmen play bad shots you have a chance. to get wickets. My plan was also the same, “said Nadeem who admitted to battling Root’s sweeping shots.

“Root is a really good drummer. He’s been in good shape lately. He sweeps really well. So to play him you have to plan to stay on the stumps and not to get away from the stumps. It becomes a problem. when a batsman starts to sweep but at the same time you have to stick to your line and your length and wait for the batsman to make mistakes, ”he added.

“There hasn’t been a lot of change in the wicket. There’s just a rough one, which is on the left (of the batter) which can be disturbing but in the middle it’s still good.”
The 31-year-old spinner said on Saturday he struggled with his delivery stride because he was jumping a bit late. Nadeem won six of the 19 that India contested over the two days.
“I feel like I’m jumping a little late. I should jump long before the crease but I think I’m jumping a little late. That’s why the problem existed. Yesterday was over, today was a a little less on that in the nets, ”he explained.


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England captain Joe Root became the first batsman to beat a double-cent in his 100th Test, recording a total of 218 points to put his team in charge of the opener against India in Chennai. (Photo PTI)

Nadeem, who is only playing his second Test, said the Ishant Sharma wickets of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer were very crucial.
“If we hadn’t had these wickets these batsmen would still have been batting. Two batting bowlers can be seen as an advantage,” he said and also explained why India is still in the game. .

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“We have to get them out as soon as possible. The pitch is still very good for the stick. I’m sure our batsmen will score a big total as well,” he added.

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